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In May 1941, after the fall of the mainland just before the Germans entered Athens, promising a bold freshman, Nikiforos Kallergis (Christos Politis) leaves with his classmates from the cadet school, and transport the gold Bank of Greece in the Middle East to first stop the homeland of Crete. Despite the obstacles it encounters on its way, we managed to reach the island, where the Germans have already begun their attacks. Either way, every secret, Greeks and British soldiers will try to transfer the gold to Greek destroyer South of Crete. The existence of a secret agent will not be perceived as information about the company would reach the enemy so that business and the lives of Greek fighters put at risk. Written by
I really have no idea of what the Italian or Spanish versions of this film look like. But the Greek one doesn't look that bad and it appears unmistakably at least once a year in the Greek TV, during the anniversaries of the battle of Crete or the German or Italian invasions.
The action is of theatrical rather than cinematographic kind and fails to satisfy the international public, used to the spectacular "realism" of the Hollywood flicks.
Unknown outside the borders, the actors were very well known in Greece at the time (some of them still are today) and for a Greek movie it was not that cheep. Trying to turn it into an international production didn't work that well and it is clearly distinct among Greek war movies for that.
True to the spirit of the time (a military dictatorship was running the country) it tries to glorify the allied struggle against Nazism, underline the usually forgotten Greek factor in the WWII and whisper accusations about the failure of the anyway doomed Greek defense against the German invasion.
I guess the strong point of the Greek cinema was hilarious cheep comedies and human dramas rather than imitations of war epics.
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